Qualifications to work in real estate

You need to be qualified before you can get a real estate licence. You can apply if you have either a standard qualification or a property degree.

Standard qualifications

Different licence classes require different qualifications. You need to apply for a licence within 3 years of completing your qualification.

To become a salesperson

You need either:

  • a New Zealand Certificate in Real Estate (Salesperson) (Level 4) 
  • a National Certificate in Real Estate (Salesperson) (Level 4) 
To become a branch manager

You need either:

  • New Zealand Certificate in Real Estate (Branch Manager) (Level 5)
  • National Certificate in Real Estate (Branch Manager) (Level 5) (version 3 or later)

You also need 3 years' work experience, which you can gain while you’re studying.

To become an agent

You need either:

  • a New Zealand Diploma in Business (Level 6) with the Real Estate strand
  • a National Diploma in Real Estate (Agent) (Level 5) awarded after 1 July 2010

You also need 3 years' work experience, which you can gain while you’re studying.

Education organisations

These education organisations offer classroom-based or correspondence training for the standard qualifications. Contact them directly for information about study options and course fees.

Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology(external link) (previously Bay of Plenty Polytechnic)

Open Polytechnic(external link)

TAFE College(external link)

Unitec(external link)

Skills(external link)

Property degrees

If you have a property degree, you can use this to apply for any class of real estate licence. To get a branch manager's or agent’s licence, you will also need 3 years' work experience.

You must apply for a licence within 10 years of completing your property degree.

You also need to complete an assessment against unit standard 23137 which covers sale and purchase agreements with The Skills Organisation(external link) (Skills), unless you’re already licensed and are applying for a licence of a higher class.

Recognised property degrees
  • Bachelor of Commerce (Valuation and Property Management) from Lincoln University
  • Bachelor of Property from Auckland University
  • Bachelor of Property Administration from Auckland University
  • Bachelor of Business Studies (Valuation and Property Management) that meets the requirements of the Property Institute of New Zealand from Massey University
  • Bachelor of Business Studies (Real Estate) from Massey University
  • Bachelor of Business Studies (Valuation and Property Management) from Massey University
  • Membership of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors as a member or fellow with a chartered designation in general practice, commercial property, residential property or valuation.

Visa holders

REA doesn’t give advice about visa restrictions that apply to training or employment in New Zealand.

If you are in New Zealand on a visa and you want to become licensed, you will need to contact an approved education organisation and ask if you can enrol in their programme. We recommend you contact Immigration New Zealand(external link)(external link) as well to ensure your visa entitles you to work in New Zealand.

View the education organisations here.

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